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  • Automated Chicken Inspection
    ARS agricultural engineer Yud-Ren Chen is developing a computer-directed scanning system that could help speed inspection of the nearly 8 billion chickens processed annually through federally inspected U.S. plants. As chickens move down the processing line at speeds as high as 140 birds per minute
  • Computer-aided inspection revs up BMW quality
    For the maker of "the ultimate driving machine, " quality assurance is more than a process - it defines the entire brand. As part of the company's never-ending quest for quality improvement, BMW has implemented new computer-aided inspection (CAI) technology at its engine-building plant in Steyr
  • Power Plant Thermography-Wide Range of Applications
    A Midwest nuclear power plant utilizes 345 kV oil circuit breakers (OCBs) rated at 2,000 amps with an interrupting capacity of 63,000 amps. OCBs are independent-pole, pneumatically operated breakers: air to close; spring to open. A hot spot was identified on the test tap cover of the A phase
  • Biogen's LSM Plant; On Line, On Time, On Budget
    According to Biogen, commissioning and validation went "very smoothly, " in case-study fashion, from design to construction to validation to commissioning to FDA filings. "We had no 483 observations during the pre-approval inspection, which is quite remarkable, " says Nicholas Barthelemy, vice
  • IC Chip Inspection System
    Integrated Chip Production Plant ? Quality Assurance Support.
  • Case Study: Five-axis CMM inspection lets
    Scanning probes speed form-data collection and feedback to machining cells, reduce CMM fixturing and cut probe calibration time from hours to minutes at Kawasaki's Maryville, MO plant.
  • Safer inspection of high-energy control panels
    . Above, a fuse clips heat up. And bottom, a motor lead shows signs of warming. AN IR camera can be swiveled to record the entire inside of an electrical cabinet through the fisheye lens of a SpyGlass viewport. It can be a frustrating question if you're a plant manager worried about electrical hardware
  • Inspection/Measurement Case Study - Facing the Quality Challenges of Large, High-Precision Tooling - 11/09
    and opportunities, and has also led Coast to its recent plant expansion from 85,000 sq. feet to over 200,000. Anthony notes, "When you build huge tooling you need lots of room. " Even though the molds it produces are extremely large (typically 2 to 60 feet long), Coast still must meet precise tolerance

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